November 2017 - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

A Hero

By Bob Randall on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 in Fishing Trip, No Comments

Not every hero is human or even supernatural.  I say they can be individuals of other species if they possess an admirable trait.  One of my heroes is a Bennett Spring trout.  He saw what he wanted and he went for it.  I appreciate enthusiasm.  He failed to achieve his goal so he went back […]

Just a $0.15 fix!

By Dennis Stead on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Do you have an old vise that is missing the screw pad on the clamp and you do not want to use it?  See attached.  Now you can fix it for only $0.15.  Take out the screw part of the clamp out.  Grind off the tip being careful that you do not damage the threads.  […]

Whiting 100’s or a Full Whiting Saddle for Midge Sizes?

By Dennis Stead on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Look at the attach picture I took in the Plateau Fly Shop.  They have a wall of Whiting 100 packs size 14, 16, 18, and 20.  Each package sells for around $20.00 or $22.00.  They also have full saddles for midge sizes selling for $93.00. (See picture)  This full saddle for midge sizes has many […]

Fly-Tying Fundamental sheet from D. H. Thompson

By Dennis Stead on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

D.H. Thompson was American manufacturer of fly tying vises and tools. Herbert Thompson, a young mechanic and avid fly fisherman developed the Model A Thompson vise in the early 1900 (estimate 1909 or earlier). The original address for D. H. Thompson Manufacturing was 335 Walnut Avenue, Elgin, Illinois.  This was Thompson’s home and he keeps […]

Fiskars Curved Blades for Embroidery

By Dennis Stead on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

I am always trying something new and working on my current flies I purchased Fiskars Curved Blades for Embroidery scissors.  They cut great.  The Deer Hair, Body material is cut so close to the thread that the first couple of times I used for trimming, I cut my thread.  At Wal-Mart, the cost is about […]

Sparkle Yarn and others

By Dennis Stead on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Sparkle Caddis Emerger – Watching Gary LaFontaine’s video on how to tie the Sparkle Caddis Emerger, Gary talked about using Sparkle yarn and then later in the Video he called it Antron yarn.    I could not find Sparkle yarn or Antron yarn at Wal-Mart, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  I had Antron Dubbing I could […]

Info needed on antique bobbin

By Bob Randall on Monday, November 20th, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Check out the pictures attached.  Does anyone know anything about this thread Bobbin.  It has J and D stamp on it and the thread goes though a slot at the top of the Bobbin.  How made it?  When was it made? Thanks, MTFA Librarian:  Dennis Stead –

Cups for fly display or give-away

By Bob Randall on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments

Don’t know if anyone is interested  in mini fly cups!  If you remember at the Branson Expo, John Bush was tying flies and putting them in a mini cup as a giveaway.  John told me he bought them at Wal-Mart.  I have been looking for them at all the Wal-Mart Stores ever since, even asking […]